Former Wimbledon Champion, Stan Smith of the United States, soundly defeated Dick Crealy of Australia in the first round of the French Open Tennis Championships in Paris on Wednesday (25 May).
Former Wimbledon Champion, Stan Smith of the United States, soundly defeated Dick Crealy of Australia in the first round of the French Open Tennis Championships in Paris on Wednesday (25 May). Smith won in three straight rounds 7-6, 6-4, 6-2.
SYNOPSIS: At the start of the match it was a close contest, with both Smith and Crealy battling to gain the upper hand. Smith was the 1972 Wimbledon champion but this year is ranked only eighth in the United States.
Australia's Dick Crealy, although relatively unknown, has played in many world class tournaments and recently had a very impressive run finishing 16th in the 1977 Commercial Union Grand Prix circuit. He was also Australia's men's singles champion in 1968 and 1972.
Smith eventually managed to save the first set after three times having service break against him.
He went on to take tie-break seven points to nil.
Smith won the second set 6-4 and was leading in the third when there were some disputes about line decisions.
the 32-year-old Australian lost his temper and threw his racket on the ground, belting two yellow tennis balls into a jeering crowd. Smith remained calm throughout the incident. He remarked afterwards that "it was all very good humoured" and Crealy was a "good player because he's so un-predictable."
After the crowd had cooled down, the match continued. But at this point, Smith had the match well in hand.
It was Smith's service and Crealy, clearly beater, slammed the ball into the net to give Smith game, set and match.
The final score 7-6,6-4,6-2.